Critics of red light cameras say they’re just a way for struggling cities to generate money.
But a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says red light camera programs in 79 big cities saved nearly 1,300 lives through 2014 due to fewer intersection crashes.
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Red light cameras: What you need to know
- Red-light-running crashes caused 709 deaths in 2014.
- There were also an estimated 126,000 injuries from such crashes.
- Red light runners account for a minority of those killed.
- The majority of those killed are people in other vehicles, passengers in the violator’s car, pedestrians or bicyclists.
In cities that turned off the cameras, the study found deadly red-light-running crashes increased 30%.
POLL: Do you think red light cameras are more about money or safety?
— Clark Howard (@ClarkHoward) August 3, 2016
How much a red light ticket will cost you
And if you get caught running a red light, fines can be steep.
The website PhotoEnforced.com lists the fines for red light camera violations. You’ll pay about $100 in most states. However, the fine is $490 in California!
There are exceptions, but most states won’t assess points – so no increase in your insurance rates.
To see nearby red light cameras, you can go to PhotoEnforced.com for a map that’s updated by anonymous users. And click here to read the red light camera laws in your state.